Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia (LAMC) 2015-2018 Inherent and Residual Risk Profile

Constituency Office expenditures, 3 is right up there in the 'High 4' impact range with a Score = Impact X Likelihood of '5'.

Did Speaker Linda Reid Constituency Office renovation bump this up to the red line?

It would sure be interesting to find out who, or which, Key staff were interviewed.  Check out the Executive Summary below.

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia aka LAMC
Final Risk-Based Audit Plan 2015/16 - 2017/18
Finance and Audit Committee Meeting 29 October 2015

Executive Summary

Our activities have been focused on the development of a risk based rolling three-year internal audit plan.  Out plan was developed through a review of relevant documentation and INTERVIEW WITH KEY STAFF to identify key risks facing LAMC.

The information above is available in the BC Legislative Library search criteria: LAMC

This one is most interesting because its the INDEX for the  Financial Statements of the Legislative Assembly  2014  -  2018

Clerk Craig James report to the Speaker on.....


LAMC  Index   1992 to 2013

First Open Meeting: 2012/2013  Speaker Bill Barisoff in the Chair with the document being presented by Speaker Linda Reid.

1998/1999 & 1999/2000

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A manufacturing entrepreneur's dream with Free, worldwide Advertising: the New and Improved 'Jaimes-Lens wood splitter-trailer combo'

Place order here:  ‘so much dirt on the Liberals’
Office of the Clerk
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC  V8V 1X4

Telephone: (250)  387-3785
Fax: (250) 387-0942


 Hmmmm   Our Clerk of the House in Victoria is not alone.

There's one and another one   James Craig   and James Craig

Does the Speaker have the right one?

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The missing $500,000 and Craig James points to the Guilty party: Conflict of Interest Commisioner's pension

 Page 2 of 29 LAMC   Tuesday, September 24, 2013

J. Horgan: ........ Also, as I look at legislative operations, there's a $500,000 variance year over year, and I'm wondering is that also a result of the absence of a fall session?

C. James:  In terms of your first question, I believe -- we were talking about this earlier -- that the cost of running the Legislature for a sitting day is approximately $30,000.  So depending upon the number of sitting days that we would have over the course of the autumn, if we just multiplied that times $30,000, roughly speaking, that would be the amount.

The balance of the amount is coming generally from Legislative Facility Services, I believe, and the Sergeant-at-Arms has reined in a number of different projects, if he wishes to speak to that topic.  The legislative operations amount has nothing to do with House sitting or not sitting.

J. Horgan: Then why have costs gone up if it has no bearing on sittings?  I assume that in that first quarter there was nothing going on because we were in the middle of an election campaign.

C. James: Right.

J. Horgan: But yet there's a $500,000 increase in costs.

C. James: Well, the $500,000 increase in costs is partly to do with Legislative Facility Services expenses which are carried over, I believe.  Gary (Lenz), can you comment on that?

G. Lenz: Over the first quarter, there'd be a variety of projects, depending on a time if the House is sitting or not sitting.  It's the timeline of when facilities can do work with the facilities.  Throughout the cycle of the year you'll see it go up and down on the capital and other projects, depending upon if the House is sitting or not, when the members can get in and do the work within the facilities.

C. James: Additionally, there was an additional payment made to the Conflict of Interest Commissioner for a pension that was never honoured during his first term.  That was provided to him just after his term expired but, I believe, before he started his next term.  Anyway, it was just following that amount.

J. Horgan: On that question, was that taken to the Finance and Government Services Committee for approval?

C. James: No, I don't believe it was taken to the finance and audit committee.

J. Horgan: No, sorry -- the standing committee, which reviews independent officers' compensation and operating budgets.  Would that have been done by the Finance Committee?   I'm looking at someone I think is on the Finance Committee, but....

C. James: Well, as I understand it, the decision and the payment were made during a period of dissolutions.  Consequently, there was not committee.  I understand that there was a written legal opinion in terms of the liability the Legislature faced in terms of the payment to Mr. Fraser.  I understand, too, that there was a company called Hewitt Associates that was involved as well, in terms of the review of the obligation facing the Legislative Assembly.  (Google Search for HA)

J. Horgan: Well, perhaps is the Clerk could provide me, after the meeting, with the legal opinion and the decision-making process that led to that, that would be great.

C. James: I'd be very happy to do so.

Les Leyne: Explains the $500,000

de Jong asks: Who is management of the LAMC?
Page 7 aka 15 of 29

December 6, 2018   When the shit hit the fans 

M. Polak: The first question is: can we know whether or not the allegations related to the suspension of the two senior officials are related to fraud? Can we know that?  ...................

Mr. Speaker: Well, perhaps it’s now time for me to make a brief statement about this because it’s garnered such public interest. It’s really been something that seems to be all-consuming for so many people here. ..........................

 January 26, 2019
Bob Mackin
Now we know why the alarm bells went-off for Speaker Darryl Plecas, after the Jan. 21 release of his scathing report on corrupt activity in the B.C. Legislature.

 January 27, 2019
Bob Mackin Podcast: Rockpile roiled, as speaker reveals Victoria’s spending secrets

British Columbia. Legislative Assembly. Management Committee
Report of Proceedings (Hansard) / Legislative Assembly Management Committee


41st Parliament - 3rd Session  Daryl Plecas Speaker
Issue No. 3Victoria - Tuesday October 30, 2018
41st Parliament - 2nd Session  Daryl Plecas Speaker
Issue No. 2Victoria - Wednesday December 13, 2017
Issue No. 1Victoria - Wednesday November 29, 2017
40th Parliament - 5th Session   Linda Reid Speaker
Issue No. 14Victoria - Thursday December 1, 2016
Issue No. 13Victoria - Wednesday October 19, 2016
40th Parliament - 4th Session   Linda Reid Speaker
Issue No. 12Victoria - Monday November 23, 2015
Issue No. 11Victoria - Tuesday May 26, 2015
Issue No. 10Victoria - Monday April 27, 2015
40th Parliament - 3rd Session   Linda Reid Speaker
Issue No. 9Victoria - Wednesday December 10, 2014
Issue No. 8Victoria - Wednesday November 5, 2014
40th Parliament - 2nd Session Linda Reid Speaker
Issue No. 7Victoria - Tuesday May 27, 2014
Issue No. 6Victoria - Tuesday May 6, 2014
Issue No. 5Victoria - Tuesday March 11, 2014
40th Parliament - 1st Session Linda Reid Speaker
Issue No. 4Victoria - Monday January 6, 2014
Issue No. 3Victoria - Thursday December 12, 2013
Issue No. 2Victoria - Thursday November 28, 2013
Issue No. 1Victoria - Tuesday September 24, 2013
39th Parliament - 4th Session  Bill Barisoff Speaker
Issue No. 3Victoria - Monday January 28, 2013
Issue No. 2Victoria - Wednesday October 12, 2012
Issue No. 1Victoria - Tuesday August 28, 2012

The Blues

Speaker Darryl Plecas

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Just a Walk in the Park: Cleveland Dam: Saturday Afternoon 3:49 to 3:58 Double Rainbow

BC Legislature's Plecas Blues, Revised, Craig James Bio included too

The BC Legislature is seeking out an independent Auditor from another province and hopefully Saskatchewan won't be on the short list!


Why is it that people who write their own biography always do it in the third person ... making it appear that there's someone else who sees the same qualities.

Will Craig James current status, suspension with salary, have a domino effect upon others who are dependent upon his traveling around the world.
His Bio includes his associations, that require him to travel.  Are other governing entities covering the tab for those 'extracurricular duties' or is it British Columbians alone.

Houses of Parliament

Craig James has worked in parliament since 1978, and first appointed to the position of Clerk Assistant in the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly in 1984.  In 1987 he was appointed Clerk Assistant and Clerk of Committees of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and he served in this role supporting the work of parliamentary committees and the House for twenty-three years.  In June 2010, Craig was appointed Chief Electoral Officer for the Province of British Columbia and served in this position as the head of Elections BC temporarily during a very tumultuous period in the Province, until September 2011.  Upon his return to the Legislative Assembly in September 2011 Craig was appointed by the Legislature to be the Clerk - the 12th person to hold this position in British Columbia.

Craig is Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees (CCPAC) and has been since 1985.  He is an active member of the Association of Clerks-at-the-Table in Canada, the Association of Clerks-at-the-Table of Commonwealth Parliaments, the Canadian-American Clerks Association and is a member of the advisory board of the CCAF, Inc - a national body comprising legislatve auditors and parliamentarians with representations from banking and private and public sector organizations.

Craig is Editor and Publisher of the Table Review - a periodic journal of the Association of Clerk-at-the-Table in Canada dealing with procedural, administrative and technical issues in parliament.  As well, he is Editor and Publisher of Scrutiny, another periodic journal for the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees.  He is a regular contributor to the Parliamentarian and to the Canadian Parliamentary Review.

World Bank funding IBRD

Over the past few years, Craig has been consultant to the World Bank, World Bank Institute (United Nations)(IBRD) and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association participating in seminars in countries such as El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Bangladesh, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, South Africa, Malta, Thailand, Kenya and others from the training of parliamentary staff to designing parliamentary committees systems to parliamentary financial oversight including the oversight of Parliament, itself.  Most recently,

Craig has been a guest lecturer to a new program on parliament established by Rick Stapenhurst as the political science department at McGill University in Montreal.  He has been assisting the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch in establishing an international association respecting public accounts committees.  He is presently assisting former Canadian Auditor General Ken Dye with a parliamentary governance project in the Caribbean.

Strengthening the institution of parliament through better governance structure, modernizing parliamentary practice and procedure and the proper training of parliamentary staff continue to be subjects of keen interest to Craig.